Editor's Note: This public announcement was published in the Brockville Recorder, on the 12th of June, 1835. The new college would be one of a very small number of private colleges for the children of the wealthy. At this early date government sponsored free public schools did exist, but they were few, and didn't teach more than the very basics of reading and writing.
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James W. Campion, Catholic Clergyman of Prescott and Brockville, having nearly completed a very spacious and commodious building denominated the Grenville College, in the most salubrious part of the town of Prescott which will greatly add to the health and comfort of the pupils;
He begs to offer the above establishment, to the notice of the public, and to solicit a share of their confidence. It is worthy of the attention of those whose children are young, as the comforts of a nursery are combined with the advantages of a useful, genteel and virtuous education. No exertion will be spared to accelerate the progress of the pupils, so as to coincide with the wishes of those who may favor the institution with their patronage, nothing will be omitted to excite in the scholar a lively emulation and ?? ambition, both for mental improvement and moral excellence, a skilful physician will when necessary visit the establishment, no student will be taken for a shorter period than three months no reduction will be made for absence, unless in the case of sickness.
The subjects of study will comprise the English, French, Latin and Greek languages, Elementary and Rhetorical reading, writing and Arithmetic, History, Geography, Elocution, Book Keeping, Geometry, Mensuration, the use of the globe.
Terms -- the board and tuition, payable quarterly in advance or good security given, which will be according to mutual arrangement at the rate of £ 20 per annum. Drawing, Music, Dancing, Washing and Doctor's fees extra. Every boarder must be supplied at his entrance with a beaudette ??rasse, a pillow, two pair of sheets, blankets and counterpane, the necessary clothing and a knife, fork, spoon, tumblers, towels.
Person of high attainments and long experience in the instruction of youth, will be procured to teach the different branches. Strict diligence and attention will be paid to the instruction of Catholic children in the duties of their religion, and it will be expected and required that they practice them. But scholars of all denominations will be admitted, and no interference directly or indirectly made with their religious principles only as far as their parents many allow. There will be a library for general circulation attached to the establishment, which will be bought at the public expense the proprietor supplying a number of miscellaneous works: the selection will not be sectarian, it will suit the minds of all who may have recourse to it, for information, and instruction, there will also be kept in the room several periodicals for the accommodation of subscribers &c. the proceeds of the library will be appropriated to the clothing of the poor children, the proprietor furnishing their instruction gratis. When a sufficient sum is accumulated to purchase the different works, a meeting will be called and committee formed to manage the affairs. A list of the subscribers will be kept in print in the library.
Subscriptions and donations will be most thankfully received & gratefully acknowledged by the founder.
JAMES W. CAMPION